We’ve been talking in this month’s Online Parenting Class about Parenting Yourself so you can be a better parent to your child.
Bryant McGill wrote in his book Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life, “Taking care of yourself is the most powerful way to begin to take care of others.” What a powerful statement!
Commit to taking care of yourself, so you can be the happy, patient, encouraging parent your child deserves. That means integrating daily self-nurturing into your life. The following are just a few ideas of how to do this:
- Go to bed earlier so you’re better rested. This is probably one of the hardest things to be disciplined about, especially when you have young children. However, research has shown the direct connection between sleep and good health—not to mention, the ability to think clearly and calmly.
- Eat healthy to maintain your mood. Like sleep, the food you choose to eat can either help your moods, attitudes, and energy level, or deplete them.
- Commit to managing yourself. When your emotions are dis-regulated, you’re in fight or flight mode, and your child looks like the enemy. Calm yourself before you engage with your child.
- Slow down your pace. Say “no thanks” when you are asked to take on one more commitment when you are already overwhelmed (and leave guilt at the door). If you need to slow down, listen to yourself and your body and pull away from the chaos.
- Take a time out. There will be days when you just feel down, angry, overwhelmed, even anxious. It’s okay to go to your room, close the door, lay on the bed, and take a personal time out. Just like our kids sometimes need to be removed from a situation to settle down, so do we.
Hopefully, this Online Parenting Class has equipped you with a few tips for how to parent yourself so you can be a better parent to your child. We understand how difficult parenting is.